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Keep the BayView newspaper in print

$9,850 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 162 people in 7 months


All of us who have internet access can read the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper ( http://sfbayview.com/) online, but for tens of thousands of our readers, the monthly print edition is essential. The core of the Bay View’s readership lives in the hood or in prison.

Just today a prisoner wrote: “Guys are lined up to read each month of your paper, and the message is spread and respected by every man here. Mass incarceration is a nationwide problem, and the Bay View is the link that solidifies us in this fight.” 

The Bay View is the only newspaper widely read both inside and outside prison

The Bay View print edition is a great big 24-page broadsheet newspaper filled with 30-40 stories each month written mostly by its readers. We publish famous writers too when they write a story that’s too hot for the mainstream press.

The Bay View is an organizer’s right arm. Because the Bay View spread the word, a world record 30,000 prisoners joined the California hunger strike that swung open the doors of thousands of torturous solitary confinement cells and spurred the movement to end prison slavery throughout the U.S. The strike succeeded because the Bay View is a network connecting prisoners with each other and allies in the outside world.

Without enough advertising, newspapers go out of print or out of existence

Advertising is the lifeblood of a newspaper, and many big advertisers have moved away from print. Every month’s Bay View print edition used to carry enough ads to pay for itself, to pay the basic costs of production: printing, distribution and mailing. (The Bay View has no paid staff; we’re all volunteers.) But in recent months, ad revenue has plummeted, and the costs of both printing and mailing have gone up.

In 2017, total income from all sources – ads, subscriptions and donations – averaged only $8,000 per month. Those three basic production expenses total over $7,000 a month. That leaves the rent, utilities, insurance and other necessities to be paid out of advertising and subscription revenue, but we can’t make ends meet without your help.

Why brighten the lives of people in the hood and in prison?

The millions of people in prison and the hoods are our FREEDOM FIGHTERS. From the most intense oppression, like diamonds from coal, comes an unquenchable thirst for liberation – and the Bay View gives that force a voice and an organizing network.

A prisoner in California writes: “The person next cell down asked me if I’d like to read your newspaper … and guess what? I didn’t put it down till I read the whole paper. I loved it.” From Georgia: “I share the paper with countless people, making the younger ones aware of injustice.” From Pennsylvania: “Thank you for the opportunity of getting to know so many others’ struggles, to be able to see that when I am having a bad day that one of my brothers or sisters may have it worse.” From Florida: “The Bay View is an oasis of answers in a desert of questions.” From Texas: “I am in deep gratitude to you for seeing the light in me and giving me a chance to shine.”

For our brothers and sisters in the hood and in prison, please help keep the Bay View in print!
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Had to pass along the good news. What came in here plus from other sources did cover the overdraft this morning! Whew! That's a big step forward, and we will be able to print the paper this month. Since it's so late in the month now, our plan is to make this a combined July-August paper, and hope more help comes in time for the next paper in September. Thanks to each and every person who helped. There are a lot of good stories on our website right now, so check out www.sfbayview.com whenever you can ... for a treat!
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Right now, another $500 would solve an immediate problem. I'd told the printer they could deposit one of the checks they were holding, but they deposited both, so we're overdrawn. People are being generous, and we're so close! Just $500 more and the checks will be covered, and the Bay View will be back on track and soon in the hands of its readers. If you or anyone you know can help, now is the time!

Many of you are hearing the great news that San Francisco just inaugurated our first Black woman mayor, Mayor London Breed, and people are saying the Bay View played a major role in her victory. Let's keep the Bay View in print, so grassroots folks will VOTE! That's how London got elected.
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We're halfway to the current goal, with $3,500 to go. If everyone shares this, we'll make it. People in the hood and in prison who don't have a dime will love you for keeping the Bay View in print. Please pitch in if you possibly can.
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It's been six months since we posted this campaign and, thanks to you, the Bay View newspaper is still alive ... but once again we're in urgent need of your help to stay in print. The company that prints our paper not only does great work but has always given us lots of credit. Now, however, they're insisting on our catching them up. We were three papers behind, have now paid for one but have $7,000 still to raise before we can print another paper. Please help if you can and, even if you can't, please spread the word.

Enjoy this drawing by Jose Villarreal, then a prisoner in the notorious Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU), where prisoners were held indefinitely, some for decades, in total isolation; their way out was through the three largest hunger strikes in history, with 30,000 participants at their peak. Jose and others drew pictures and wrote stories to keep spirits up during the months the prisoners starved themselves, and the Bay View published them. We're so proud of their victory, and especially of Jose, who's back home now in San Jose, working as a dishwasher and spending all the rest of his time as an activist, helping and advocating for the most needy. That's some of the work the Bay View does, and we're very grateful for your help.
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